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The Liberal and Labor Parties – where the real criminals are?

Maybe it is the Liberal Party and the Labor Party which in light of the revelations of the  Independent Commission Against Corruption in New South Wales over the last few years should be declared criminal organisations rather than bikie clubs.

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Time August 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

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Comment from paul walter
Time August 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm

The bikies have nothing on them.

I would love to what goes on behind the scenes re the electricity privatisation Baird so keen on, in light of what turned up previously re water privatisation.

Btw, what is this we read of gas prices set to surge up to 100% on the basis of some vague FTA type notion of the “Global Price” (Peter Martin, the Age, 5/8)?

I’d have thought this would have been right across mainstream media rather than an isolated report in one newspaper?

Comment from Kay
Time August 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

Clearly cases of ‘noses in the trough’ are not confined to any one political party – nor to union officials.

But the difference with criminal bikie clubs is that they make their money from illicit drug manufacture and distribution, the import of illegal weapons, intimidation of people, and murder. Politicians haven’t gone that far yet.

Comment from John
Time August 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

‘criminal bikie clubs … make their money from illicit drug manufacture and distribution, the import of illegal weapons, intimidation of people, and murder. Politicians haven’t gone that far yet.’ Really? Politicians don’t murder people. What is war then? What about the kids and women Obama has murdered through his drone program?

Government intimidates us every day.

Governments make some of their money from drug manufacture and distribution. Presumably they don’t like the competition.

Estimates are by the way that the motorcycle gangs involvement in drugs is about 0ne percent of the total.

Comment from Kay
Time August 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

“The majority of amphetamines consumed in Australia is produced in this country in clandestine laboratories. Outlaw motorcycle gangs are believed to be heavily involved in the production and distribution of amphetamines, often in cooperation with ethnic based organised crime groups.” (Australian Institute of Criminology report)

Some experts have suggested that bikies commit up to two-thirds of organised crime in Australia by manufacturing and distributing ice, but others put that figure much lower. Over half of Australia’s clandestine meth labs are located in Qld. Also, over the past few years in Qld, especially on the Gold Coast, there have been many cases of bikie violence, often inadvertently impacting on members of the public. But it is hard to say what the actual breakdown is of bikie clubs versus organised criminal gangs with regard to crime generally, and meth production and distribution specifically.

“Governments make some of their money from drug manufacture and distribution.” From illicit drugs? Or from medically approved drugs? Big difference.

Comment from John
Time August 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Alcohol and tobacco.

Comment from paul walter
Time August 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm

John, Kay; a good analogy as to bikies and politicians would involve a comparison between the grunts in the field as against doing the actual shooting, against staff officers and the like planning the battle, but well clear of the strife and quite heroic in their clean uniforms.

It is also true that bikies provide an invaluable function in capitalism, as scapegoats and diversion away from the closed door politics and dealing that creates the social conditions for bikies in the first place.

Any one who thinks that politicians are answerable to us rather than operating as just handmaidens for the corporatocracy is living under an incredibly naive delusion in political terms, derived of an information vacuum and cultural conditioning.

Comment from Kay
Time August 8, 2014 at 7:36 am

Neither alcohol nor tobacco are illicit drugs. Neither are manufactured and distributed by bikie clubs. Bikie clubs are mainly associated with amphetamine production and distribution – in association with criminal organisations – although other illicit drugs are involved as well.

In Qld, no pharmacies stock cold and flu tablets containing pseudoephedrine, and when we were recently in NZ, we found compounds containing pseudoephedrine were completely banned. Qld has led the way amongst the states in the withdrawal of pseudoephedrine from sale because of the huge amount of amphetamines being produced here. As a person who is very prone to allergy sinusitis, I can tell you that phenylephedrine (the ‘new’ or PE formula) is next to useless when compared to pseudoephedrine for the treatment of severe sinusitis. So the activities of bikies and criminal organisations has indirectly impacted on me – even though I don’t live on the Gold Coast where much of the bikie-related violence has occurred.

Comment from John
Time August 8, 2014 at 7:40 am

Good to see you are getting there Kay. Yes the government lives off the proceeds of sale of licit but very dangerous drugs. Dealing in illicit drugs undermines its monopoly.

Comment from Kay
Time August 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

The only area where the government and criminal organisations have a clash in product is medically prescribed morphine versus illicit heroin (the poppy fields in Tasmania versus Afghanistan etc).

As a non-smoker and non-drinker, I agree that both tobacco and alcohol are harmful/toxic and all governments do well from the sale of them. Ban them? Hardly. The US tried that, and we know how Prohibition played out. Maybe the government should put criminal gangs out of business by legalising the sale of all these currently illicit drugs? This would lower the price, increase government coffers, reduce crime, but increase the number of addicts – now there’s a thought!

Comment from John
Time August 8, 2014 at 10:40 am

Yes, we agree. Governments through allowing only some products by some producers effectively license the retailing of drugs. Make Canberra the cannabis capital of Australia I think I wrote some time ago.